Hi there, I started this fun new series where we get to virtually design a dream house. A chance to fulfill all those practical and not so practical ideas into one house that would fulfill your every need. We tackled the kitchen last time and that was such fun for me, next house I could totally seeing implementing those ideas! Click here if you missed the kitchen post. Now we move onto the dining room…..to have or not have is the question? For me, a dining room is still important. We do not entertaining nearly as often as we used to but when we do, to me nothing can compare walking into a proper dining room set up with china, crystal and flowers…it still excites me so! This is one room that I would still want to feel very special and I think the only thing I would do differently would be to USE IT MORE!! I I actually really love my dining room now and would happily keep it as is, however for this new virtual dream house. doing a few things differently just for kicks. For starters, would vow to eat in it at least a few times a week, even if we are having a sandwich and soup, it would feel special to be there. So I. have some very definite ideas about this virtual dining room. Ready? Then I cannot wait to hear yours. Here we go…… ___________________________________ I would do one of two things on the walls. I would either go completely one way and lacquer them with the highest sheen possible or I would use a soft blue chinoiserie on the walls (leaning towards the latter) but do love both looks. Here is what I mean- This would not have to be a huge dining room, my only requirement would be high ceilings. So key to the way a room feels. Even the grandest room will feet squatty with 8 foot ceilings. 10 feet minimum for me, but 12-13 is ideal. Again the actual room size does not have to be huge. I would use molding but might do something like a egg and dart which has a nod towards traditional but feels quite current. For this virtual house, I must have a round table. At least 72-90″ so I can seat 10 people comfortable. I LOVE a round table, everyone can converse and see each other, they look beautiful when they are set and they take up less space. I would have special tablecloths made for it and change the look that way. I have always loved a round table with a beautiful tablecloth on it. I would have different tablecloths made as I love a beautiful tablecloth on a round table in the dining room, makes it feel so pretty and intimate. I do not mean these tablecloths necessarily but just showing you for effect- For chairs, I am seeing a chair with a Gustavian flair, I would go with one of two options that I really like, either an interpreting shield back/spider back painted chair (like the top ones) or a full upholstered very simple shaped chair in a gorgeous rich velvet or a subtle print. I have always loved a painted chair like these with a dark rich mahogany gable..oooh la la. A few ideas are below- These antique velvet chairs could be beautiful, I would do them in a super pale blue/gray velvet or a cream velvet Did this mockup to give you some idea of a feeling I would be looking to create, chinoiserie meets Gustavian:) Now that you have the visual imagine a big round table with a gorgeous creamy silk tablecloth, these chairs and billow panels blowing in the breeze…..my imagination gets the best of me sometimes:) For lighting I do love my Ralph Lauren chandelier but it would be too big so I would opt for the mid sized version as I still really love it or possibly go for an antique piece along the lines of I would not have the traditional breakfront or sideboard but would look for a pair of beautiful consoles instead. They could house extra china and I would put beautiful jars/arrangements on top with an elegant pair of mirrors and two sconces on either side. I would put extra chairs against the wall. For window treatments I love what I have now, silk taffeta billowy panels with a gorgeous th9ick trim. So simple but so elegant, I could see duplicating exactly what I have so that’s easy!! One thing I would do in this house (and if I ever build a future house) is when you build a house there is all kinds of small spaces/nooks behind the sheet rock that actually could be good little storage nooks with a simple little push/swing door. I would opt to have at least two of those. It is such a smart way to maximize space. I would line them with shelves and store all my china and cxrystal. The door would be wallpaper so its a concealed door but how clever to use empty space this way…amazing more do not! We all know there is no such thing as too much storage!!! Flooring I would probably purposely choose a ore casual rug to offset the formality of many of the other elements, as an example I might do a simple toned more transitional rug or likely a sisal. I think its nice balance if you don’t want the room to feel too overly formal. I like the idea of a subtle pattern to add a little interest like a herringbone And of course you know I am going to have my share of blue and white in this room! But, of course!! Lots of jars, I would put these two (super large 28″ jars) on either side of a very large oversized light wood console Could even see doing a big beautiful grouping of blue and white on one of the consoles with a big gallery wall of framed botanicals, kind of like what I did here. All porcelains and arrangement from my shop ___________________________________ And that friends are my thoughts on my virtual dining room. I love all these ideas as they are classic and will stand the test of time, but certain parts of it would feel a little more current and that is what makes it fun, to change things up a bit. But certain things like chinoiserie, blue and white, billowy drapes, a gorgeous crystal chandelier….those to me, will always be en vogue. OK, now it’s your turn! What would you do with your virtual dining room? Only limit is your imagination:) I can’t wait to hear, thanks for stopping in and dreaming along with me. If you missed the first post on kitchen, click here. Wishing you a fabulous day, until next time……… PS Love green? Everything in my shop that is green is 20% today and tomorrow!! Use code green. An easy way to see all that is on sale, is click on shop, scroll down and in search bar type in green. Use code, you guessed it…..green! Click here to visit shop.